January News from the Media Center

"Check us out!"

Tablet and student id cards make for efficient check-outs!

Recently Mrs. McClure and her seventh grade students visited the Media Center for a tour and lesson. Check out of books, with the use of a tablet and student id cards, expedited the check-out procedure! Students also discovered how inter-library loan works. Please note- an id card is not necessary for check-out.

Creative scheduling this year for Media Center visits...

If you are interested in bringing your class to the Media Center, it can be accomplished even with study halls meeting in here.


  • Step 1: contact lthomas@emersonschools.org (Ext 1402); or visit my new office (Lisa Ring's old office) location.
  • Step 2: tell me the periods you will need.
  • Step 3: you will be contacted as to what study halls have fewer students, and on what days.
  • Step 4: you will be added and invited to the Media Center calendar.


Also: Reserve signs will be placed on tables for your classes. Study halls will be asked to sit in specific locations, but will STILL BE in the room. Please note: I teach Period 8 and cannot schedule then; I have duties Period 1, 3 and 7 but can still schedule those periods on certain days. Our Media Center calendar can be viewed here: CALENDAR. You can add our calendar by clicking on the bottom right icon, (like the one pictured below) of the calendar at this link.

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Teach students how to format a paper using MLA.

The following video discusses how to format a paper using Microsoft Word according to MLA style. More resources can be found at the Purdue OWL site.
Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting - The Basics

Assignment Idea!

Ask students to download the app for our eBooks/ audio books and explore our Follett Shelf!

Students can follow these directions to download the Brightwave app on their devices. Students need to log-in to check-out an eBook or audio book. Here is a video on how to search for and access these items from our Follett Shelf.

Look who's reading!

"The Name of the Wind" Book Discussion

Friday, Jan. 29th 2016 at 2:30pm

Emerson Jr-Sr High School Media Center, 131 Main Street, Emerson, NJ 07630

"...the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend." - source: http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/content/books.asp